Details announced for 2015 Lakefront Festival of Art, “one of the premier art festivals in the country”

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Lakefront Festival of the Arts

Lakefront Festival of the Arts

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Lakefront Festival of Art (LFOA), the weekend-long festival on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum each June, will celebrate its 53rd year this summer when it kicks off Friday, June 19th.

LFOA features the works of more than 175 national artists amid activities, food and entertainment, while serving as a primary fundraiser for the Museum.

“Over the years, Lakefront Festival of Art has evolved into much more than just another art show,” said Krista Renfrew, Director of Special Events, Milwaukee Art Museum. “It truly is one of the premier art festivals in the country, while offering activities for all ages to enjoy in a setting iconic to Milwaukee.”

In addition to the variety of artists’ booths — including jewelers, painters, sculptors and photographers — LFOA offers family-friendly activities, such as live music, refreshments and the PNC Children’s Experience, featuring drama performances and hands-on art projects for kids of all ages.

For adult audiences, gourmet food is available, as well as libations at the Milwaukee Magazine Wine Garden, which sits beneath the world-famous Calatrava-designed Burke Brise Soleil, and the Blue Moon Beer Garden. Attendees also can peruse a sculpture garden created by Hawks Landscape or bid on donated pieces of art at the silent auction, which closes Sunday, June 21.

Advance tickets that include admission to the feature exhibition can be purchased online at for $10 and at participating locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin. A $25 three-day pass also will be available at the festival gates and online. On-site tickets are $10 for Museum Members, $17 for adults, and $14 for seniors and students. The festival is free for children age 12 and under, veterans, active military, and Wisconsin K-12 teachers (with ID).


  • Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels, Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery — Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Venture inside to celebrate opening weekend of the Museum’s newest feature exhibition showcasing works from the biggest names in art from the 19th century to present. Admission is included with LFOA ticket.
  • MAM After Dark: Modern Rebels — Friday, June 19; 5 to 10 p.m. Begin the weekend at the Museum’s signature late-night event for young professionals. View the newest feature exhibition inside and enjoy Festival activities outside. Admission is included with LFOA ticket.
  • Win a weekend getaway — Through June 12. Enter for a chance to win the Lakefront Festival of Art Weekend Getaway package, including one night (June 20) at a historic downtown hotel, two weekend passes to the Festival, discounted food and beverage tickets, and a gift basket filled with items distinctive to Milwaukee. Two winners will be selected at random on June 12, 2015.
  • Live Music from local bands Friday, Saturday, Sunday. From blues to jazz to rock, enjoy the sounds of local Milwaukee bands all weekend, while taking in the views of Lake Michigan. Admission is included with LFOA ticket.
  • Paint Your Own Modern Rebel — Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 1 to 4 p.m. Channel your inner Dali, Kahlo or Picasso while painting your own piece of artwork to take home. Additional fee required, includes canvas, painting supplies and a glass of wine.

LFOA is organized by the Friends of Art (FOA), the primary volunteer support organization of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Proceeds from the Festival are directed toward the Museum’s world-class exhibitions and collections.

“We look forward to Lakefront Festival of Art all year — not only to welcome summer but for the chance to spread art appreciation to the greater community,” said Daniel Keegan, Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. “This single weekend ensures we can continue to cultivate art appreciation every day of the year, making it a very special event for the Museum, our Members and future visitors.”


  • Friday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Advance tickets $10
  • Adults $17; Seniors/Students $14
  • Museum Members $10
  • Free for children age 12 and under, veterans, active military and Wisconsin K-12 teachers (with ID)